On the Senate floor on December 20, 2012, Senator Akaka urged the passage of the Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act.
S. 675, the Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, recognizes a Native Hawaiian Governing entity and provides the Secretary of the Interior with the discretion to recognize a Native Hawaiian Governing entity under the Indian Reorganization Act. The bill also includes a Carcieri fix for a Native Hawaiian Governing enity should Native Hawaiians be subject to a challenge that they were not “under Federal jurisdiction” in 1934.
A hearing has not been held on the bill but Senator Akaka states that the bill is “supported by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Departments of Justice and Interior. It has the strong support of Hawaii’s Governor, the State legislature, and a large majority of the people of Hawaii. Our bill has the endorsement of the American Bar Association, the National Congress of American Indians, the Alaska Federation of Natives, and groups throughout the Native Hawaiian community.”